Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Tuesday Newsday

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If the view walking out to get the morning paper had been as nice on Sunday as it was today I would have posted a photo like this as proof that the sun will indeed "come up tomorrow." Maybe I should snap a similar shot from here on the shoulder of Moose Mountain next Wednesday, huh? Happy November ;-)

In the latest STATS poll . . .

• New Hampshire, which was not in the Top-25 last week, comes in at No. 22.
• Harvard is at No. 23.
• Lehigh is at No. 24

Penn is among others receiving votes at No. 37 followed immediately by Sacred Heart.
In the latest FCS Coaches poll . . .
• Lehigh is No. 21
• Harvard is at 22
• New Hampshire  is at 23.

Penn receives votes at No. 36 and Sacred Heart is at 42.

Green Alert Take: Please raise your hand if you think one of these polls is not dependent on the other.
Massey Ratings has Dartmouth winning at Cornell on Saturday, 21-14, with a 70 percent certainty. (A reminder that Massey saw the Crimson winning last week, 20-17 with 59 percent conviction.)

Massey has Dartmouth beating Brown , 23-10, next week with 82 percent confidence and Princeton defeating the Big Green in the final week, 27-20, with 70 percent confidence. Should Massey's predictions come true Dartmouth would finish 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the Ivy League.

For what it's worth, Massey has . . .

Princeton over Penn on Saturday, 31-28, with 57 percent confidence
Princeton over Yale, 35-24, with 81 percent confidence
Princeton over Dartmouth, 27-20, with 70 percent confidence
Princeton finishes  6-1 in the Ivy League.

Harvard over Columbia on Saturday, 27-10, with 89 percent confidence
Harvard losing to Penn, 24-23, with 52 percent confidence
Harvard over Yale, 34-21, with 82 percent confidence
Harvard finishes 6-1 in the Ivy League.

Penn losing to Princeton on Saturday, 31-28, with 57 percent confidence
Penn over Harvard, 24-23, with 52 percent confidence
Penn over Cornell, 31-20, with 80 percent confidence
Penn finishes 6-1 in the Ivy League.

If Massey has it right, the Ivy League will finish in a three-way tie for the second time in a row and for the first time without Dartmouth getting a piece.
Dartmouth already played against last week's national defensive player of the week and will be playing against last week's offensive player of the week in the season finale. (LINK)

Named by STATS as the defensive player of the week is New Hampshire linebacker Quinlen Dean, who had nine tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in UNH's big win over Stony Brook.

Hardly a surprise is that Princeton quarterback/utility back John Lovett is the offensive player of the week after tossing four touchdown passes, running for two more and catching a TD pass in the Tigers' 56-7 win over Cornell.
For a look at how Lovett did it and what Cornell highlights there were:

Cornell's game notes for Saturday's game against Dartmouth can be found HERE.